Game, set, match

The varsity boys tennis team brings home yet another win against Hononegah


M. Pawlak

Colin Stanley serves during the third set of his doubles match with partner Jack Coleman.

By Megan Pawlak

Despite a brisk and breezy morning, Huntley’s varsity boys tennis team slices through their match against Hononegah, ending with a win 4-1. 

One of the three duos, senior Matt Grubbs and junior Ben Hein, won their first set 6-1 and the second 6-0. With a few notably excellent smashes by Hein and serves by Grubbs, the duo was the first match to finish. Grubbs has played the sport for 10 years now and Hein for 7; these years of practice shine through with the duo’s ability to work seamlessly together, despite this season being the first as partners. 

“We felt pretty confident that we’d win. The wind wasn’t too bad because we’ve played [on] much windier days, so we’re kind of used to the wind,” Hein said.

The weather has proven to be a challenge, for this match was only the third of the season; the other matches have been canceled for weather reasons. However, the Hein and Grubbs duo have brought their best, as this match added to their current undefeated season. 

Another undefeated duo on the team are juniors Jack Coleman and Colin Stanley. Their first set ended 3-6 for Hononegah, but they came back with the second set 6-4 and third 6-2. Stanley started playing last year, and Coleman started this year. 

“I decided to try it out because I am graduating this year, so [tennis is] going to be my last sport,” Coleman said. The rookie’s new skill seems natural as he had numerous explosive volleys, leading the doubles match to a win for Huntley. 

“This [win] definitely positively affects us going into the season. It continues our undefeated record,” Stanley said. 

The third duo, senior Varun Parath and junior Jonathon Stec, also earned a win with their first set of 6-1 and their second of 6-4. For the singles matches, junior Frankie Scarpelli won his first set 6-2 and his second set 7-5. Senior Ani Mehra lost his match in a close battle- 4-6, 5-7.

Undefeated seems to be the common theme for Huntley, for the team has collectively won their past two meets against McHenry and St. Charles East. Hopefully, this winning streak continues at their next meet against Crystal Lake Central on April 20.